On the opening night of Kentucky Opera’s Carmen, the Fund for the Arts and Stoll Keenon Ogden will present the second annual James S. Welch, Sr. Leadership Award.

The James S. Welch, Sr. Leadership Award recognizes volunteers who selflessly work behind the scenes to support a thriving Louisville arts community. The award is named after Stoll Keenon Ogden’s James Stirling Welch who worked tirelessly for the Greater Louisville Fund for the Arts, The Kentucky Opera Association, the Norton Psychiatric Council, the Macauley Theater, Inc. (now the Brown Theatre), J.B. Speed Art Museum, the Visiting Nurse Association, the Louisville Science Center, Bellarmine College and Filson Club (now Filson Historical Society). It was Mr. Welch’s devotion to the arts and selfless leadership that inspired the award.

Tom Noland receives the James S Welch Leadership Award.

Last year the James S. Welch, Sr. Leadership Award was given to Tom Noland.   His consistent leadership as a member of several community arts boards and as the chair of the Partnership for Creative Economies lead to the nomination.   Tom was selected for the same selfless, enlightened leadership that Jim Welch, Sr. provided to our Arts community as a volunteer in his lifetime.   His counsel as a board leader and volunteer exemplified volunteer leadership in the “Welch” tradition.

Join us as we recognize this year’s recipient and become inspired by their story!

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